Microwave rice cooker instructions for brown rice

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There are many ways to cook rice, from adding a combination of rice and water to a traditional sauce pan to placing that rice and water inside a microwave rice cooker. The results are the same: fluffy, cooked rice. But if you're in a hurry and don't want to wait, using a microwave rice cooker makes more sense. It cooks a side dish of rice in just minutes. It also cooks different types of rice, including brown rice -- which requires following slightly different cooking instructions than those used to make white rice.

The recipe for creating perfect rice in a rice cooker is fairly similar, regardless of the manufacturer and specific model of appliance being used. While white rice requires 473 ml (2 cups) of water, brown rice requires 710 ml (3 cups) of water. In addition to water, you also need to add 1 tbsp of butter and 1/2 tsp of salt into the cooker, according to the Microwave Rice Cooker website. Place the cover on the rice cooker and cook on full power for four minutes, bringing to a boil. When the water is fully boiled, carefully remove it from the microwave. Then, add 210 g (1 cup) of brown rice. Stir the rice into the water and place the cooker back into the microwave for 15 minutes at full power. As with hob rice, microwaved rice is ready to eat when all of the water in the cooker is absorbed.

Microwave rice cooker manufacturers also offer instructions on how to cook various types of rice, including brown rice, in their appliances. For example, MiracleWare Microwave Cookware has basic instructions for using its microwave rice cooker. However the amounts of rice vary depending on their type. Those simple instructions include giving the rice a rinse and then adding water and rice to the machine. MiracleWare then advises users to insert the machine's inner lid and snap the outer lid closed by using locking clamps. When using traditional 227 g measuring cups, 210 g (1 cup) of brown rice and 710 ml (3 cups) of water should be added to the rice cooker. After a cooking time of 30 minutes, the cooker will be able to serve 420 g (2 cups) of cooked rice. Measurements vary slightly if the beakers that are sold with the rice cooker are used instead of the measuring cups. In this case, 210 g (1 cup) of brown rice can be combined with 3 1/2 beakers of water. This also requires 30 minutes of cooking time, and will also produce 420 g (2 cups) of cooked rice.

Continue to check rice while it cooks, suggests the Microwave Rice Cooker website. The rice needs to be covered in water while it gradually absorbs that water. Stop the microwave periodically during the cooking process to stir the rice as it finishes cooking. It's important to let the rice rest for five minutes after cooking before it is served.

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